Preparing For Worship: Holy Week Worship

Preparing For Worship: Holy Week Worship

John Haralson   •   April 14, 2017

“Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 

 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.”
The Apostle Paul, I Corinthians 15:1-8


Dear Friends,

Every year during Holy Week, the church re-reads and re-enters the gospel accounts that tell about the betrayal, arrest, trial, crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. The events leading up to and including the death of Jesus are often referred to as the “Passion Narratives”. The Passion Narratives make up the traditional church teaching leading up to Easter Sunday. Then, on Easter Sunday, the church focuses its attention on the resurrection of Jesus and then continues that focus for 7 weeks. This period of time is commonly referred to as “Eastertide” or the “Easter Season” in the church calendar.

It is a wonderful thing to come back to the Passion and resurrection accounts of Jesus every year. As Paul points out in the text quoted above, the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus really form the core of the good news of the gospel. By returning to these each year, we remain grounded and connected to the events that lie at the heart of the story God tells us in Scripture.

And here is the wonderful thing about these accounts, when God works in our hearts and minds through his Spirit, they never get old. We come back to the same texts year after year, and there is always a fresh word to be found from the Lord. God gives us a new insight or a new nudge of inspiration as we return to these stories that we may have heard many, many times by now.

This Holy Week, I’d encourage you to read through these sections of Scripture. In the Gospel of Luke, this encompasses Luke 19:28-24:49. We will be exploring various aspects of these texts when we worship together tonight (on Good Friday) and when we gather again on Easter Sunday. 

Good Friday, 7pm, Luke 22:39-23:47
Easter Sunday, 9am & 1130am, Luke 24:13-35

Liturgies are here (Good Friday) and here (Easter).

I hope to worship with you.

Warmly in Christ,

John

PS Here is a quick run-down of this weekend’s events.

Good Friday Service, 7pm
Easter Egg Hunt, Saturday, 10am-noon, Volunteer Park
Easter Vigil Art Show, Saturday, 7-9 pm, Church Office (400 E Pine St)
Easter Worship, Sunday, 9am & 1130am